The Planets

beyond Saturn's orbit


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Transferral within the triads

As we have seen, each of the triads mentioned before (18.4) shows an internal coherence. This can be felt in the alternating qualities of the three planets involved. In general, if we take a central quality or principle of the triad as our starting point, represented by a specific planet, we find that this principle will be transferred by the middle planet to the third planet of the triad, where the latter represents the outer manifestation of that principle (6.2). For example, in the trias politica model mentioned earlier (18.4), we can see the central quality of Saturn at work in the legislative power, while its laws are enforced by Mars. Their justification in the courtroom is governed by the cultural factor of Jupiter, the intermediary that transfers the central power to its final execution.


Warm and cold

This transferring principle can be found in all three groups. It manifests itself in an internal alternation of qualities that for now, I will refer to as cold and warm, or yin and yang. I do not know of any literature that has introduced specific terms for this correlation, but these two concepts are clear enough for the point I wish to make here.
Within the triad of the inner planets, corresponding to the Es, the qualities of the Sun and Venus may be considered as warm and those of Vulcanus/Mercurius as cool. The internal transfer of the qualities of these three planets is realized by these alternating ‘temperatures’. Mercury/Vulcanus is able to absorb the Sun’s warmth, while Venus can fill the coldness of Mercury/Vulcanus with new life. Their merging results in a trajectory of potential, going via ideation into action: what is cast out by the Sun is absorbed by Vulcanus and then charged and manifested by Venus.

We can see the same principle at work, in inverted order, in the triad of the outer planets, the Ich. Saturn and Mars may both be called cold, while the warmth of Jupiter in their midst serves as the connection between the two. Similarly, the 'Ich' and 'Es' triads operate as a cold and a warm group, with the Earth, or Man, represented by Moon (6.2), placed in between. Please note that we are not referring to physical characteristics of the planets orbiting in our solar system, but to their organic interconnectedness within our own energetic field.


Radiating outwards and sucking inwards

In the triad beyond Saturn, we experience Uranus and Pluto not so much as cold or warm, but more as radiating outwards and infusing, versus Neptune's absorbing, inward-sucking effect. In this sense, these three planets, too, form an organic unity. 


The third and fourth triad

So the triad of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto forms another unity, just like the Es and the Ich. The new point that was laid down by Uranus and further developed according to Neptune's views, is being manifested in reality by Pluto. In this way, this triad represents the magnified version of the outer planets, the triad of the Ich, but also the hidden side of the inner planets, the triad of the Es. After all, all is recreated and renewed by love and truth.
In this vision, one might expect another three planets as counterpart of the Es triad. And indeed, the influence of such forces are well-known, in Western fairy tales and legends and in Theosophical literature, as well as in Eastern religions. But they have not yet been discovered in an astronomical sense. Further research must show whether the recently discovered planet Eris might be the first of that new triad. But we must not run ahead of things. It may also be that more than three planets will be found and that we must adjust this assumption accordingly. Time will tell.


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